The 80th Flight!

Flight number 80 would be the final flight of the original “Around the world in 80 flights” tour so this should be somewhat of a great achievement. However, due to the number of diversions and additional flights I have added to my own tour, despite reaching the 80th flight, I have not even reached my half way point.

Since leaving Edinburgh in the UK 3 years ago I have racked up over 54,000 Kilometres which works out at over 33,500 Miles! I have passed through 37 different countries whilst I have covered Europe and the length of Africa, all the way too Cape Town before continuing to The UAE and Middle East. I then covered the entire length of India or order to reach the Maldives Islands before returning North to the Himalayas and Mt. Everest. From the Himalayas I continued to Asia and across to Japan where I have now begun to double back on myself a little. This is simply so that I can loop further South as I make my way through the Pacific Islands and eventually reach Australia.

From my home in the UK, Australia will make my geographical half way point around the world. I feel that this should be celebrated more than the acknowledgement of my 80th flight. After all, I still have many more miles to go with many more countries to visit. Having significantly amended the original route I shall be completing a total of 203 flights before my wheels finally touch down in Edinburgh UK once more.

Whilst not mathematically nor geographically “half way,” I shall be considering my virtual arrival to the island of Hawaii to be the half way point of my Around The World Tour.
Hawaii to San Francisco is by far the longest flight I will have to negotiate during the tour and will need to heavily modify my tiny Beechcraft Baron 58 in order to make the huge distance but this is still some way off for flight number 120.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the entire time I have been completing this tour although I would love to hear from people who live in any of the places I have already, or am yet to visit. See below for the offical route map and for the full list of destinations I shall be visiting (virtually.)

OFFICIAL ROUTE MAP

Blue Pins = Offical 80 Flights Route
Red Pins = Addional Destinations Added By Me
Yellow Pins = Points Of Interest I Shall Not Land At.

Please continue to follow my virtual adventures around the world and leave comments to help me to make it that little bit more realistic.

Flight 53) Jodhpur – Ahmedabad

Seeing the Jodhpur airfield in daylight for the first time showed the landing strip to be rather green with vegetation. I am pretty confident that this is not the case after checking out Google Earth and various images from Jodhpur City. Even in the morning the air temperature outside as 20 degrees! I really do need a holiday to the sun.

With still no radio contact option I took off from the very quiet runway and completed a loop over the city to see some of the larger sights I knew the city had to offer. Unfortunately the heavy fog had not lifted and it was apparent that I was not going to be able to sight see. I continued to circle over the city whilst gaining altitude all the way to 15,000 ft! This was unusually high for my light aircraft and I could still not see through the mist. Up here I needed the heating elements all switched on as it was now -6 outside of the aircraft.

I knew that it would have been impossible to see anything for the journey if I chose to complete my flight to Ahmedabad in this weather so remembering how quiet the landing strip was at Jodhpur, I decided to land there again and hope that the weather cleared up on another day…


A few days later I though I’d have another attempt at leaving Jodhpur city and make my way to the next destination Ahmedabad. With the fog still hanging in the air I knew that the take off and initial climb at least, would have to be done by instruments only. The altitude of 5,000 ft came around pretty quickly and I was soon above the fog and into considerable cloud but at least these clouds were mostly low laying. I continued to climb to 15,000 ft again and saw the wide open Indian landscape stretch out below.

2015-3-11_18-7-46-750 copy

The clouds eventually thinned out again and I cut back on the throttle to slowly descend towards my half way point. I was finally able to make radio contact with Mumbai Center who gave me my squawk code 7115 and maintained flight following. My half way point of the flight actually crossed a landing strip. I had to check what it was called but found Udaipur Tower through the radio frequencies and requested a “touch and go” landing just to add an extra landing credit to my FSX statistics. There was still a slight layer of low laying fog and I took off again straight away.

2015-3-14_9-51-10-228 copy

The rest of the flight was much more enjoyable as the fog dispersed and I was able to fly low across the fields at 170 knots which is pretty quick for my small plane. The crescent moon on the horizon and occasional flock of birds enjoying the rising thermals were certainly a relaxing change to the consistent fog.

2015-3-15_11-52-21-683 copy

Coming into land a Ahmedabad the clouds had built up again and I am sure I spotted a flash or two of lightning. I was advised to flight straight in to Runway 23 and with no fog or crosswinds I had one of the smoothest landings of my tour.

Residents-of-Karachi-protest-against-long-power-cuts-650x5209294748ahmedabad-city1593880kankaria_lake

Kankaria Lake
images

Ahmedabad Airport – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tymsj4t9MXA

Landing at Ahmedabad International Airport – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj90ikcp4h0

Ahmedabad City – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff3M5d-tUs4

Life in Ahmedabad – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Te4qsN9WsM

A Kaleidoscope of Colors, Ahmedabad – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiQfnxbx4Jk

Walkthrough in the old Ahmedabad – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXDb8tV7KaE

Sholay – Title Music – LIVE ORCHESTRA AHMEDABAD – RAAJIV VYAS – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMWBu2R-DLA

The Foodie Ahmedabad unplugged – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjyWdCWOzhs